You probably all know the news by now. Lucas Duda, one of the longest tenured Mets in the entire orginization, has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right handed pitcher Drew Smith.
Duda, now 31, played for the Mets since 2010, back when Jerry Manuel was the manager of the Mets, who were wearing black uniforms.
And, while Duda wasn’t a super-appreciated player here in New York, I believe most Mets fans will have fond memories of Duda at first (and some other kinds of memories of him in left field). Either way, I’d like to take the time to congratulate Lucas on his new opportunity, and wish him the best moving forward. Thanks, Lucas!